Transforming Lives

Every day, all over the world, USAID brings peace to those who endure violence, health to those who struggle with sickness, and prosperity to those who live in poverty. It is these individuals — these uncounted thousands of lives — that are the true measure of USAID’s successes and the true face of USAID's programs.

11 OCTOBER 2010 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
It was the first time she had ever been asked to leave her village for a meeting in nearby Kandahar City.  Her decision to participate wasn’t easy – just a few days earlier, six Afghans had been killed there, one of whom was simply selling bread to the government.  Her district, Arghandab, had recently seen increased insurgent activity that made travel a life-threatening choice.
 
11 OCTOBER 2010 | NANGARHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
To see more than 120 women gathering for a meeting is uncommon in Afghanistan. Even more uncommon is 120 women attending a meeting to discuss resolving their village disputes.
 
11 OCTOBER 2010 | ARGHANDAB VALLEY, AFGHANISTAN
 
The Arghandab Valley was once known as the orchard of Central Asia, exporting pomegranates, apricots, and plums around the world.  But three decades of war left many of its orchards and vineyards in ruins, crippling fruit exports and creating widespread unemployment in the region.
 
11 OCTOBER 2010 | BAKWA DISTRICT, FARAH PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
11 OCTOBER 2010 | KAHMARD DISTRICT, BAMYAN PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
The shoes were the first indication.  Tan lace-up boots, black rubber sandals, backless slippers, and penny loafers lined the blue canvas tarmac where almost 300 assembled.  The people were gathered to address the violence that threatens a 164-kilometer road that USAID funds.
 
11 OCTOBER 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
At the Afghanistan’s Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW), women were not moving up in the ranks, mostly due to a lack of human capacity building opportunities.  USAID created and funded the Afghan Energy Capacity Building Project (AECB), which has empowered more than 100 MEW women employees, giving them the capacity to thrive in what was once an entirely male-dominated ministry.  The MEW’s Vocational Training Center’s Instructors and female students have also  benefitted from the AECB training.
11 OCTOBER 2010 | JALALABAD, AFGHANISTAN
 
11 OCTOBER 2010 | JALALABAD, AFGHANISTAN
 
Families in rural Afghanistan face significant challenges securing steady jobs and steady income.  The primary industry in Eastern Afghanistan is agriculture, with only seasonal and temporary job opportunities for most men.  Decades of war and conflict have compounded the situation.  As a result, women have had to find ways to supplement their husbands’ incomes despite their limited opportunities to learn new vocational skills and the cultural obstacles women face in the workforce.
11 OCTOBER 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Built by USAID’s Afghanistan Infrastructure Rehabilitation Program, the new 105-megawatt Tarakhil Power Plant has trained workers at every skill level, helping to ensure sustainable operations of the plant that provide a reliable source of electricity to the region.
 

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Last updated: January 07, 2014